Oct. 04–Domestic natural gas supply and consumption grew substantially during the first half of the year, driven largely by increased production in Appalachia and higher demand across all sectors.
Domestic supply, including production, imports, and storage withdrawals, topped 93 billion cubic feet per day in the first six months of the year, according to the Energy Department, a 12 percent increase compared to the first half of last year.
Consumption and exports during that period also averaged about 93 billion cubic feet per day, a 12 percent increase from the same time last year.
U.S. natural gas production increased by 7.4 billion cubic feet per day, the Energy Department reported. New pipeline capacity in the Northeast allowed for greater production in Appalachia and elsewhere.
The residential and commercial sectors saw the largest increases in demand for natural gas, due in part to heating needs during an especially cold start to the year. The electric power sector also used more natural gas to meet heating and air conditioning demand.
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